Friends of Search and Rescue (FOS)

Josephine County Friends of Search and Rescue (FOS) was incorporated as a legal unit in March of 1967. This all volunteer, not-for-profit, non-political organization is not funded by any agency or county general fund dollars. Monies raised by FOS directly benefit the Search & Rescue Division of the Sheriff's Office.

Friends of Search & Rescue is an IRS 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, and donations are deductible to the extent allowed by law. Donations to SAR may be sent to:

P.O. Box 814
Grants Pass, OR 97528


2011 Annual Giving Letter

Fellow Residents of Josephine County,
Once again, we are reaching out to our community to request donations to help support our mission. Friends of Josephine County Search and Rescue is a 100% volunteer organization that relies on the support of our friends and neighbors to exist. Friends of Search and Rescue does not receive any dedicated funding from the Sheriff’s Office or from Josephine County tax dollars.

Josephine County Search and Rescue members volunteer their time and purchase their own personal gear to conduct searches for our lost children, adults and senior citizens. Search and Rescue volunteers are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
We also provide other services such as traffic control, crime scene security, and other emergencies affecting our community such as fire or flood.

All volunteers are required to attend training, and to meet the standards set for ground searchers by the Oregon State Sheriff’s Association. After attending the basic Academy offered annually, volunteers can elect to continue training and join one of the specialty units such as Mountain Rescue, Dive, K-9, ATV, Mounted SAR, Communications or Snow Rescue.

Members are also required to participate in on-going training at least 30 hours annually. We at Friends of Search and Rescue are committed to saving lives through rapid response, and we will use every available resource to serve our community.

Thank you for caring and continuing to support Josephine County Search and Rescue.

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